Accompanied by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir, the Principal Flutist of the orchestra, performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major (K. 313). Conductor: Leo Hussain. Recorded during a concert in Harpa, Reykjavik, March 20th, 2014. Published by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra channel.
The Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major (K. 313) was written in 1778 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Commissioned by the Dutch flautist Ferdinand De Jean in 1777, Mozart was supposed to provide four flute quartets and three flute concerti, yet he only completed three of the four quartets and two of the three concertos, this concerto, K. 313 being the first. The Andante for Flute and Orchestra K. 315 may have been written as an alternative slow movement for this concerto.
The three movements are:
- Allegro maestoso
- Adagio ma non troppo
- Rondo: Tempo di Menuetto
Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir (12 July 1964 – 4 September 2020) was the principal flutist of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. She was also the author of the best-selling children’s book, Maximus Musicus, the tale of a mouse that visits an orchestra. She wrote the book in 2008, with illustrations from ISO violist Þórarinn Már Baldursson, and a symphonic concert of the book was made last year featuring famous compositions from Ravel, Copland, and Beethoven, amongst others.
She was a graduate of Reykjavík High School and each of the Reykjavík Academy of Music with a degree for being a brass teacher and a soloist in mid-1988 under Bernharður Wilkinson, the Royal Academy of Music with a Diploma of Advanced Studies under William Bennett, and the Royal Northern College of Music with a post-graduate diploma. Hallfríður received private tutoring in French music in Paris under Alain Marion between late 1991 and early 1992.
She returned to Iceland following graduation to become a flautist and teacher in Reykjavik. Hallfríður took part in chamber music for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra mainly with her foundation of the chamber group Camerarctica. She served as a flute teacher at Reykjavík Music School, educated at the Royal Academy of Music, and made records by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as well as multiple other Icelandic chamber works, which she released on CD.
Hallfríður was the Iceland Symphony Orchestra’s leading flautist for more than two decades and performed in solo concerts with it. She also taught flute music at Menntaskóli í tónlist, Tónlistarskóli Garðabæjar and Listaháskólinn. Hallfríður conducted orchestra for the Amateur Symphony Orchestra, the Youth Symphony Orchestra, the North Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the East Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and other small groups like the Icelandic Flute Choir. She trained in woodwind instruments in the youth departments of symphony orchestras such as Ungsveitar Sinfóníuhljóms.
Hallfríður authored and served as artistic director in collaboration with the illustrator and violinist Þórarin Már Baldursson, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Ríkisútvarpið and Forlagið on an educational project concerning a mouse, which was called Maximus Musicus, to introduce children to classical music.
The five children’s books called Maxímús Músíkús heimsækir hljómsveitina (2008), Maxímús Músíkús trítlar í tónlistarskólann (2010), Maxímús Músíkús bjargar ballettinum (2012), Maxímús Músíkús kætist í kór (2014) and Maxímús Músíkús fer á fjöll (2017) were published in eight languages and more than 100 concerts based on the stories have staged by symphony orchestras worldwide. In February 2020, Hallfríður was the director of a band performing music by women of centuries before that had been forgotten.
In 2002, she was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London as a former Royal Academy of Music student who had become successful. Hallfríður received the title of Town Artist of Garðabær in the middle of the following year. She was nominated for The Society Award of Frettabladid in 2010.
Hallfríður was appointed Knight’s Cross of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon in 2014. She received the award “for her contribution towards musical education of children”.
In early 2017, Hallfríður was nominated for the Eldhugi of the Year by the Rotary Club of Kópavogur. She got the Honorary Award of the Icelandic President’s Export Award in 2019. It was for “her unique contribution to increasing Iceland’s reputation abroad.” That same year, she won the Young Audiences Music Award. In June 2020, Hallfríður received honorary recognition from Garðabær “for an important contribution to culture and the arts”.
She was a member of the independent Kvennakirkja group of the Church of Iceland. Hallfríður was married to the musician Ármann Helgason, with whom she had two children. On the evening of 4 September 2020, she died of cancer in the emergency department at the Landspítali.
- Flute Concerto No. 1 (Mozart) on wikipedia
- Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir on Iceland Music webpage
- Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir on Wikipedia
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